Top 15 Airbnbs In Kaikoura, New Zealand - Updated 2021

airbnb Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Whether it’s the stunning natural spectacle of passing pods of whales, beautiful walks out to impressive seal colonies, or the deservedly famous eateries that have left many a traveller salivating - those who discover this corner of New Zealand for themselves are treated to a veritable cornucopia of riches. And if stunning landscapes, exciting things to do, and awe-inspiring wildlife encounters sound appealing, then you’ll want an Airbnb vacation rental experience to match. These are some of the best Airbnbs in Kaikoura.

1. Classic bach home (from USD 132)

Coming at you with panoramic views is this classic bach home hosted by Emily and Hayden. With three large bedrooms, families or groups of up to seven can make themselves ultra-comfortable here. This Airbnb rental boasts stunning views of the mountain and the ocean and is only a three-minute walk to the Esplanade. With its perfect location in the central township, the best of Kaikoura is within arm’s reach. Some of the amenities at the property are the full kitchen, the smart TV, free Wi-Fi, and parking. If you’re traveling with kids, the spacious yard is a good space for running around!

Classic Kiwi Bach - Central to Kaikoura
Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
48 reviews
Entire house 4 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the couch is massive and comfortable and we want one
great views from the veranda in this well furnished comfortable house
would book again very comfortable
Cleanliness:
lovely and clean home in a great spot
clean and comfortable base from which to explore kaikoura & surrounds
Host:
very responsive hosts
thank you so much for being such an awesome host
thank you again for being so kind and responsive
communication with hosts was very easy
Location:
excellent value and close to town
nice cosy house in a great location
conveniently located close to all this beautiful town has to offer
nice and close to towns
easy 5 minutes walk to main street
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2. Stunning home for six at Kowhai Eco Lodge in Mt. Lyford (from USD 112)

Winter vacationers are highly recommended to visit this part of New Zealand, as Lyford is a great nature adventure landscape filled with several activities and attractions that you can enjoy with friends and family. Best for families and friends of six which can be hosted in three bedrooms with two king bedrooms and an extra sofabed. Kowhai Eco lodge is located in the center of the biggest tourist destinations in the country, Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura, great for those who would rather skip the long commutes to crowded attractions. Amenities include an indoor fireplace, hot water, bathroom access, and essentials, wifi, TV, kitchen access, and utilities, a BBQ grill for gatherings, and a garden patio to pace down after a long day of rowing or skiing.

Kowhai ecolodge with optional outdoor hottub&sauna
Lyford, Canterbury, New Zealand
223 reviews
Entire house 4 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is no cell service but free wifi and the hot tub is amazing
great to have wifi when we didn’t think there would be wifi
nice and stylish house with great view and amazing facilities
we really enjoyed our stay wonderful views comfortable beds nicely appointed
very modern comfortable eco style accommodation
Cleanliness:
clean and cosy place
the house is clean comfortable and very spacious
enjoyable stay clean comfy and spacious
house was wonderful and clean
clean and cozy place with great mountain view
Host:
lovely and friendly host:)
claudine is lovely and a fantastic host even got the fire ready for me
(hidden by airbnb) maps struggled to find it but fortunately the host has a helpful map on arrival
claudine is pleasant and helpful and very available
claudine was very helpful responsive and friendly
Location:
great location peaceful and warm
beautiful location up in the mountains
lyford is a beautiful place
lovely location and we had a lovely time
had a great time away at claudine's place
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3. One-bedroom flat with stunning balcony views of the mountains (from USD 93)

Still don’t know where to stay in Kaikoura? So far, this list has focussed more on private rooms and suites, but if you crave your privacy then this self-contained flat may be the option for you. Superbly rated by former guests - 90% of whom gave it a five-star rating - this one-bedroom flat would be perfect for a romantic couples retreat or for small families of up to three people. Located in its own self-contained flat at the host’s home, it is also just a couple of kilometers away (1.2 mi) from a range of local amenities and attractions - be they the town centre or the seal colony and very popular peninsula walkway. As well as great views of the distant mountains the property has its own kitchen, TV and (sometimes intermittent) wi-fi.

Phoenix Palm
Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
240 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
roomy apartment with stunning view
such a comfortable flat with amazing views of the mountains
great views comfortable bed lovely lounge suite
the bed was extra comfortable the views are great the weather was beautiful
this is a really fabulous apartment and the photos really don’t do it justice
Cleanliness:
dearna's place was clean comfortable and a great place to stay
clean modern and lots of space
very large and clean washing room
dearna's apartment is spacious and comfortable
dearna is the perfect host and her apartment is spotlessly clean well-equipped and very cozy
Host:
our hosts were very helpful welcoming interesting conversationalists
lots of great recommendations from the host
our hosts were very pleasant friendly but unobtrusive
such lovely hosts their place is spacious and very accessible
lots of spaces very well set out and lovely hosts
Location:
great space close to an amazing walk around the peninsula
great location quiet and peaceful
easy walk to the beach
excellent spot close to local restaurants and sights
a bit of a walk from the town centre but perfectly located for the kaikoura peninsula walk
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4. Kaikoura Post-Master's House (from USD 119)

This regal home used to be a post-master’s house back in the day. It is an old-style house that has maintained its original features like wood paneling, tall ceilings, and leadlight windows. This rental comes with three spacious bedrooms where six guests can make themselves at home. Here you will be provided with a light breakfast such as bread, milk, tea, and coffee. The home does have a full kitchen, so feel free to whip up your magic dishes. Some other amenities include free Wi-Fi access and a television with Freeview.

Kaikoura Post-Master's House
Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
114 reviews
Entire house 3 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
big and spacious breakfast and coffee taken care of and a nice wee walk into town
we really appreciated having breakfast provided and it was great to have shampoo etc in the bathroom
lots of lovely touches like breakfast board games 2 lounges fenced back yard
lots of room and thoughtful touches
great place to stay very charming and the breakfast offerings were lovely
Cleanliness:
a clean and tidy house
well furnished clean tidy place
lovely clean home with lots of thoughtful touches and great communication
very comfortable beds and sparkling clean
clean and tidy very roomy and warm
Host:
very welcoming host and lovely home wth great spaces
we were very impressed with host : wendy’s hospitality
beach 2minutesvery generous and helpful owner
wendy is great host and prepared all the things we need
fantastic host too definitely worth staying
Location:
great location close to everything
a great location and a large place
excellent location lovely breakfast
loved the house and location
comfortable great location and great breakfast
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5. Kaikoura Peninsula Holiday House (from USD 148)

An ideal holiday home for families or groups wishing to explore this beautiful peninsula and its stunning coast, this Airbnb vacation rental can sleep up to six people between its three double-bedrooms. Its light and airy interior boasts a spacious and fully equipped kitchen - as well as a good size dining table from which to enjoy the fantastic views of the mountains while tucking into a hearty meal. It comes complete with a host of other amenities - including a TV and DVD player, air conditioning, wi-fi and ethernet connection, and even a study should you plan on any work during your stay. What’s more it boasts front and rear decks - perfect for relaxing and enjoying the view.

★Spacious Quiet★ 3BR | Decks | Wifi | BBQ | Views
Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
140 reviews
Entire house 3 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the kitchen layout and amenities were fantastic with condiments that tim generously allowed us to use
the property was very comfortable and tidy with all the amenities you could want
there was a heater in each individual room which kept us all comfortable
excellent kitchen facilities and kitchenware and plenty of condiments if you plan to cook at home
it is such a warm comfortable tranquil property yet really spacious
Cleanliness:
clean warm and comfortable
sparkling clean and very comfortable beds
clean tidy and well equipped modern house
the house was very clean
a stylishly decorated and spotlessly clean space
Host:
great host
tim was a great host
and the host very lovely
value for money and great hosts
great place with a really helpful host will definitely come back
Location:
great location and spacious apartment
the location is great near conveniences i need
a cozy place great location
fantastic house in a beautiful location
this is a large house in an amazing location
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6. Quality bed and breakfast with superb ocean views (from USD 151)

On the hunt for one of the best Airbnbs in Kaikoura? An excellent option for a romantic getaway with your significant other, this private bed and breakfast affords stunning ocean views from its balcony which will leave you itching to take to the waters for a little whale spotting. What’s more it is one of four en-suite rooms available at this charming property - opening up the possibility of accommodating slightly larger groups, by arrangement and availability permitting. Guests enjoy air conditioning, TV and wi-fi access within their rooms, and can also make use of laundry facilities too. Although there are no kitchen facilities the property is just a 10-minute walk into town, where you’ll find plenty of restaurant options.

Quality B & B. Superb Ocean Views!
Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
109 reviews
Private room in bed and breakfast 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the view was amazing and the breakfast delicious
highly recommended stunning views out of the rooms
the view of the room is amazing
the views are spectacular from the room and from gorgeous garden
saw three dolphins from the balcony and enjoyed cheerful breakfast with the other guests
Cleanliness:
everything was very clean and the bed very comfy
the room was exceptionally clean and the beds were comfortable
the beds were comfortable and the place clean and well kept
the room was very well appointed and extremely clean and pretty
it was clean and comfy and breakfast was excellent
Host:
julie was a wonderful host
julie is a lovely host
the staff were friendly and attentive
julie is a super host
julie is the most welcoming and accommodating host
Location:
great location in a lovely town
this is a lovely b&b in a great location
great location easy walk to the main strip of kaikoura beautiful grounds with an awesome view
perfectly scenic close to restaurants and a beautiful beach to relax with
perfect location with a great view very quiet and very close to town centre
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7. Two private bedrooms within walking distance of beauty spots (from USD 108)

Located within walking distance of the peninsula’s natural beauty it’s little wonder that this bed and breakfast has a fantastic reputation among its former guests - scoring top marks in everything from location, to cleanliness and earning warm plaudits from visitors for its “stunning setting” and welcoming hosts. This Kaikoura accommodation itself features two bedrooms and can accommodate up to four people, making it ideal for small families. Its position also places it within easy reach of local vistas, popular walks and the nearby seal colony. And, although there’s no kitchen, it is close to a famous seafood barbecue and other eateries. Amenities include wi-fi access and a TV.

Ruth's
Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
576 reviews
Private room in bed and breakfast 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
ruth's air bnb is very comfortable wiith everything you need and in fact more
wide range of breakfast this is free wifi tv & huge room
the bathroom was packed with everything we needed including moisturizer and hand sanitizer
wifi was available and there were many special personal touches
very comfortable room near kaikoura with views of the mountains
Cleanliness:
awesome accomodation sparkling clean and spacious
very comfortable bed with a small clean bathroom
it was spotless and ruth is a terrific host
bathroom is sparkling clean
ruth's place is spotlessly clean with everything you need
Host:
ruth was a wonderful host throughout our stay
ruth was a great host
lovely hosts and a lovely room
great hosts super friendly and helpful
ruth is very good host and give us good advice for the dining place too
Location:
the location of her place was great near town and good walking paths
good location in the peninsula of kaikoura
very nice bed & breakfast close to town and very close to a superb viewing point of the area
location location - we really wanted to walk the peninsula track and ruth's place was perfect
great location to do the kaikoura peninsula walkway
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8. Coastal Soul (from USD 125)

Accommodating up to four people, this cozy beach home hosted by Catherine is one of the homiest places to stay in Kaikoura. There is a large deck where you can lounge under the sun and gulp down some ice-cold drinks with your loved ones. The place is located right in the middle of South Bay and is an estimated five-minute walk to the whale watch marina. Fresh catches are aplenty in the township, so if you chance upon something you’d want to try, make use of the full kitchen and create your own hearty dish!

Coastal Soul
Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
72 reviews
Entire house 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great place that is quite comfortable with a great deck
lovely apartment with a view
it was a lovely space with a lot of room and a fantastic outdoor terrace
lovely place clean comfortable beds nice deck and homely decorated
Cleanliness:
spotlessly clean and well equipped
very clean and very comfortable beds
it was very clean
a lovely comfortable clean place to stay
a beautiful comfy place very clean and warm
Host:
with the friendly neighbour we felt very much at home
Location:
excellent location in a quite street
ideal location and quick easy access to the place
great location easy access to town centre and surroundings
great location great space provided
a beautiful house in an amazing location
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9. One-bedroom guest suite close to eateries (from USD 83)

Another property with a strong reputation, this guest suite is perfectly placed for exploring everything from Kaikoura’s coastline and local eateries, which sit just 200 meters (650ft) away. It is also a three kilometre (two mile) walk to the seal colony - so wildlife fans take note. The property itself, which has its own private entrance, features a double and single bed - making it a popular choice among couples and small families. It also enjoys access to a smart TV with Netflix. Breakfast is also included in the price, and guests have access to the kitchen too. Guests were full of praise, giving it top marks across the board.

Oasis Hideaway
Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
424 reviews
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very spacious room with lovely view on garden
comfortable space and wonderful amenities
they put the electric fan on in advance so we wouldn’t be cold
marilyn also had breakfast lined up on a tray in the fridge ready to go for you
great location amenities and excellent breakfast supplied
Cleanliness:
very clean great breakfast
lovely warm and very clean unit
clean and spacious unit with a comfy bed
a lovely and serene lodging that is clean and well-stocked
clean and spacious apartment with everything one might need
Host:
kind host and tidy room
hosts were wonderful and friendly
very friendly host too :)
marilyn was a lovely host in quiet kaikoura
awesome place with the best host ever
Location:
cute wee place close to downtown kaikoura
great location while in kaikoura
great location and hospitality
everything was perfect great location
great stay at marilyn’s the room was spacious and location was close to town
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10. Two-person studio motel room with view and playground access (from USD 86)

This chalet/motel studio is another good option for couples eyeing up a break in the beautiful surrounds of Kaikoura and the stunning wildlife spectacles for which this peninsula is famous. It enjoys views of the distant mountains and is set amid spacious lawns on which to relax and take in the air. The property itself comes with air conditioning, (paid for) laundry access, cable TV and wi-fi - the latter of which will come in handy for planning your daily itinerary. And there’s free on-site parking, should you be using a car to get about. A nearby supermarket and eateries are also within easy reach.

Studio for 2 people
Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
212 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the free wifi was good too
we were very lucky with hot weather and the air conditioning cooled the room quickly
good wifi and water pressure/temperature in room
nice view outside the room recommended for couple to relax
the bed comes with the heater too :)
Cleanliness:
towels and linens very clean
good value + clean and comfortable
very clean and well equipped property
clean bathroom with basic toiletries provided
clean place with cooking facilities
Host:
really helpful staff and perfect room
the hosts are very welcoming
really friendly and helpful staff
the manager greeted us and was very helpful
the office staff are very helpful and checkin easy
Location:
great location for whale watching
micheal's place was an ideal location just a few minutes drive away
comfortable motel facility close to main town centre
nice stay easy to locate and close to everything of interest in kaikoura
beautiful place to stay at near to kean point
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11. Two-bedroom family motel apartment with view of mountains (from USD 108)

With beautiful garden views of the mountains, this two-bedroom motel apartment is a real contender for couples or small families who crave a tranquil setting. This place to stay in Kaikoura can sleep between three and four people within its two bedrooms and comes with a number of home comforts - including air conditioning, cable TV and wi-fi connection. Guests also have access to laundry and kitchen facilities, and the site is just five minutes from the town centre by car and a half-hour walk on foot.

2 bedroom family apartment
Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
197 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great to have iron hairdryer tea & coffee making facilities provided
if the wifi speed can be faster it will be perfect
great spot and units were comfortable
unit was clean and comfortable with a sunny rear deck and was well equipped
we had plenty of space in the apartment bed was comfy and clean
Cleanliness:
clean and well equipped
spacious and very clean room
it was very clean and comfortable
spacious dated but clean unit
it is really clean and nice accommodation strongly recommended
Host:
very pleasant hosts
the host was really kind and we did some clothes washing here
staffs was very friendly and helpful with tons of recommendations
the owner was very enthusiastic about giving us a lot of advice to play in kaikula
the front desk lady was very sweet and friendly
Location:
it's great location very close to supermarket
great location and great value
location is slightly out of town (25-30 min walk / 5 min drive) but easy to find
excellent place to stay and great location
the location is good and the house is very spacious
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12. Barnacle Bill's cosy cottage with ocean view (from USD 114)

Perfect for families of up to four, this spacious two-bedroom cottage - which features a double and bunk-bed - comes complete with a wide array of mod cons. These include wi-fi access, laundry facilities, TV and a well-stocked kitchen. Guests can even borrow DVDs from the office - perfect for entertaining the family at the end of a rewarding day taking in the peninsula’s many stunning sights. Indeed, past guests described it as a “perfectly maintained base” from which to explore the area - a fact not harmed by the free on-site parking, should you be using your own transport to get about.

Cosy Cottage with Ocean View @ Barnacle Bills
Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
141 reviews
Entire cottage 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable and well positioned cottage with a lovely setting
the apartment was spacious and we had the most amazing oven view from our deck
beautifully set up and comfortable home with all the amenities you’d need
wonderful very cozy great view
her place is in immaculate condition with a fully equipped accommodation for a comfortable stay
Cleanliness:
spotlessly clean and very comfy
everything is clean and tidy
very clean cutlery utensils etc
everything was clean and well stocked
it is spotlessly clean exceptionally well appointed and comfortable
Host:
very helpful host
very nice owner easy to communicate
host is very friendly and helpful
veronika and vlad were super hosts
very friendly host
Location:
great location for walking everywhere
very good location as quiet and near several short walks
the place is located at a great viewpoint very close to the city center
great location & wonderful facilities
wonderful place and close to local attractions
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13. Lovely one bedroom oasis hideaway for three near the famous peninsular walk (from USD 83)

Those making their way to Kaikoura can head on over to Marilyn’s homestay, perfect for those who wish to stay near downtown but not too close to the bustling urban noise. The property is close to the hip new cafe, restaurants, and shops. It’s ten minutes away from main attractions like the peninsular walk and seal colony. Couples can comfortably sleep on a queen-sized bed and a single bed for those traveling with last-minute company. The house also has basic amenities like heating, wifi, TV, and hot water, as well as a smart TV with Netflix for binge-watchers staying in. Make the most out of your trip to Kaikoura and experience teh place from a local’s point of view.

Oasis Hideaway
Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
424 reviews
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very spacious room with lovely view on garden
comfortable space and wonderful amenities
they put the electric fan on in advance so we wouldn’t be cold
marilyn also had breakfast lined up on a tray in the fridge ready to go for you
great location amenities and excellent breakfast supplied
Cleanliness:
very clean great breakfast
lovely warm and very clean unit
clean and spacious unit with a comfy bed
a lovely and serene lodging that is clean and well-stocked
clean and spacious apartment with everything one might need
Host:
kind host and tidy room
hosts were wonderful and friendly
very friendly host too :)
marilyn was a lovely host in quiet kaikoura
awesome place with the best host ever
Location:
cute wee place close to downtown kaikoura
great location while in kaikoura
great location and hospitality
everything was perfect great location
great stay at marilyn’s the room was spacious and location was close to town
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14. Private bed and breakfast room with a view

Just five minutes from the town centre by car, this private room enjoys spectacular views and is conveniently placed for exploring this beautiful corner of New Zealand. What’s more it’s part of a wider three-bedroom bed and breakfast which can accommodate up to four guests, making it a real option for everyone from solo travelers to families. Amenities include access to a solar-heated swimming pool, a simple kitchenette, TV and wi-fi access. Former guests loved the property, praising the “incredible views”, the “top drawer” quality of the breakfasts and the “welcoming” hosts.

Bayview Homestay
116 reviews
Private room 4 Beds 4 Guests

15. Bedroom annex with external access and mountain view

Enjoying spectacular views of the mountains, this large bedroom annex - which can sleep up to three people thanks to an additional sofa bed - has also proven extremely popular with former guests, who were fulsome in their praise for the host’s welcome and knowledge of the area, and raved about the vista. The rental, which has its own access, enabling you to come and go as your please, is an easy walk to the facilities and attractions of the town centre. It also boasts air conditioning, a TV and free on-street parking. There’s also free wi-fi access - perfect for planning whale watching trips.

A Rest n Kai. Kai
Kaikoura, New Zealand
159 reviews
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the view of the room is brilliant facing to the mountains i enjoyed so much
great mountain view from the room
the room is quite comfortable with its own air unit and access to outside
our room was comfortable with a great view
the rooms were very comfortable and beautifully decorated with a fabulous view of the mountains
Cleanliness:
everything is clean and tidy
the room is very clean and cosy
very clean communication easy and the breakfast was lovely
the room is very comfortable but the bathroom is very small but clean and adequate
very good house as beauty as photo clean and new
Host:
the host is friendly and attentive
the hospitality is great carmel is a great host
carmel was a wonderful host
carmel was a great host
the facilities were excellent and carmel is an outstanding host withsomany little extras
Location:
so close to downtown and beautiful scenery
accommodations and location where great
the location is perfect quiet neighborhood and only a few minutes to the city center
easy parking and a lovely location
the property is in a quite residential area and ideally located for the town centre (10 min walk)
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Well, what's keeping you?

With so many beautiful properties available in this sought-after destination, you’ll certainly not struggle to find the perfect home-from-home in this corner of New Zealand. You’ll be out exploring and spotting some of the impressive wildlife in next to no time.

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